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The Brooklyn Museum has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States. Its vast holdings range from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world's principal cultures, reflecting the institution's long history of acquiring Western and non-Western art.

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Dec 18, 2017 James Frothingham
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Nov 4, 2017 John J. Audubon
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Jan 23, 2017 James Tissot
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Nov 22, 2015 William Glackens
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Is this a modern Eve about to take a bite of the apple? William Glackens certainly counted on his viewers to make that association. Moreover, he offered a fresh American update on the subject of the nude studio model, paraphrasing one of France's most famous paintings, Edouard Manet's Olympia. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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Aug 31, 2015 Gilbert Stuart
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Gilbert Stuart portrayed George Washington several times in this stately, full-length portrait format known as the Grand Manner, initially reserved for royalty. In this case, he used European models for the setting and figure, and then adapted the iconography for an American subject. Standing in the classical pose of an orator (with arm extended), Washington appears in formal civilian clothing, but holds a sword that recalls his military achievements and suggests the might of his presidency....
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Aug 24, 2015 Muhammad Rafi`
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Jul 13, 2015 Edward Hicks
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From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of The Peaceable Kingdom in an effort to reconcile his artistic vocation with his ardent faith. The subject is based on verses from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah that describe an Edenic world in which predatory animals (a leopard, lion, and bear) coexist in harmony with meeker creatures (a lamb, kid, and calf) and children. In the background, the earthly realization of this prophecy...
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Dec 6, 2012 Yi Chong
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The sixteenth-century ink-wash painting, a type rarely found outside Korean collections, uses strong, deliberate brushwork to convey ideas of space and perspective. Yi Chong, a Buddhist monk who came from a renowned family of artists, was a respected court painted during his short life. His work was heavily influenced by the Chinese tradition of the scholar-artist. The style of this painting invokes the Zhe School of Ming dynasty China, and the subject alludes to a poem by the Chinese poet Li...
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Dec 8, 2011 Charles Willson Peale
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The wife of a wealthy Continental army officer and the mother of eleven children, Mrs. David Forman was portrayed by Charles Willson Peale in an interior that was meant to suggest the elegance and bounty of her domestic life. Peale was one of the rare American colonial artists to include paintings in his portrait interiors. The presence of the landscape hanging behind Ann Forman signaled the cultured life of the Forman household, and the gently idealized curves of its composition offered a...
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- Frederick W. Kost
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- William Sidney Mount
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Jesus further shows his acceptance of those rejected by society by inviting Matthew—a publican, or toll collector—into his ministry, as he passes his booth. Not only were these tax collectors considered unscrupulous, but they were also particularly loathed by devout Jews for their status as representatives of the ruling Romans. Tissot has included camels and the hint of a wide-arched gate to underscore Matthew’s location at a geographical (and perhaps, spiritual) crossroads, as well as...
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- James Tissot
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- Constantin Guys
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- Martin Johnson Heade
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- Honoré Daumier
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- Riza `Abbasi
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- Winslow Homer
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Susan has recently learned that her fiancé, Tom Collinson, is returning to claim her as his bride. Sadly, she reads a letter from her true love, George Blake, in which he entreats her for one final meeting before she marries. The novel ends happily, however, with Portia and Josselin married and wealthy, and Susan and George destined to be together because Collinson’s shady past is revealed. Of the five illustrations Homer produced for this novel, only this one approaches his work in oils in...
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- Jules Dupré
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- Claggett Wilson
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- James Tissot
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- Owen Cullen Yates
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- Louis Paul Dessar
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- John Henry Twachtman
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In this particularly successful pastel, Twachtman allowed the gray paper to play an assertive role in a Whistlerian fashion. He anchored the composition with some limited outlines of rocks and trees, and otherwise described the open landscape with carefully placed but slightly brusque touches of pastel. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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- Boris Israelevich Anisfeld
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- Marguerite Thompson Zorach; William Zorach
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- Indian
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- Italian School
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- Palmer Cox
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- James Abbott McNeill Whistler
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James McNeill Whistler credited Japanese art with having a profound impact on his own artistic activities, which included painting, printmaking, and interior decoration. Indeed, the Japanese cultivation of beauty in all aspects of material life informed his own "art for art's sake" philosophy. This sensibility led Whistler to shift from naturalistic representation in his pictures toward more abstract, evocative arrangements of color and form in the late 1860s. In this image of...
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- Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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- Flemish
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Created for use as calling cards, place cards, or menu cards, these charming items indicate how the "Japan craze" permeated all facets of artistic production. Grant La Farge's familiarity with Japanese motifs (such as Mount Fuji, chrysanthemums, and bamboo shoots) undoubtedly came from his family. His father, the artist John La Farge, embraced Japanese aesthetics in his own work and also collected and published widely on Japanese art; Grant La Farge's mother, Margaret, was the...
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- Charles-François Daubigny
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- William Trost Richards
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- John J. Audubon
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- John J. Audubon
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- Sir Augustus Wall Callcott
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This sketchbook contains detailed studies of trees and plant life as well as minutiae like this pair of spiders with particulars of a roughly hewn wooden fence, including its grain, knots, and the way in which the rails fit into the notches of the posts. Such precision and attention to specifics demonstrate the Ruskinian point of view that brought Richards into the circle of the American Pre-Raphaelites during the 1860s, when images like this rail fence found their way into his oil paintings....
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- Thomas Pollack Anshutz
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- Evaristo Valle
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- Indian
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- Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli
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- Eastman Johnson
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- Marguerite Thompson Zorach
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Expressive design was always at the heart of Marguerite Zorach’s art. Basing her imagery on some firsthand sketches (in this case made on a trip to Yosemite in 1920), Zorach preferred to work away from her original motifs in nature to achieve a composition independent of direct observation. Employing a decorative approach—with formal patterns and non-naturalistic colors—in a number of media, she initially was best known for her hand-sewn pictorial tapestries, for which her watercolors...
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- Gerrit Dou; Dutch
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- John La Farge
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- Thomas Moran
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Watercolor was the ideal medium for the late nineteenth-century landscape painter Thomas Moran, a follower of the British painter J. M. W. Turner who was drawn to dramatic natural features in places such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. In this view of the lagoon and central buildings constructed for the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893—an extravagant, nationalistic salute to the westward advance of “civilization”—Moran bathed the scene in the glowing colors of a vivid...
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Although Matthew, Mark, and Luke all describe Christ’s temptations by Satan, Tissot cites only the version given by Luke. For reasons that remain unclear, he changes the order of the tests given by Luke. In Tissot’s first image, Satan abducts Jesus and soars to a precipitous height—emphasized by the low, bright horizon line in the distance. The shadowy darkness of the claw-toed devil contrasts with Jesus’ pristine white cloak. From their great height, Satan tempts Jesus with the many...
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- Dudley Mygatt
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After the Civil War, Long Branch became one of the leading playgrounds of the Atlantic seaboard, attracting visitors from the fashionable and theatrical world, although it never enjoyed the exclusivity of Newport or Saratoga. In Homer’s vivid image, a bevy of windblown, fashionable ingenues, drawn by the white flag announcing calm water, approach the steep wooden staircase that led from the top of the high sand dunes known as the Bluff to the bathhouses on the wide beach below. Many of these...
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In the third temptation, the devil carries a passive Jesus up to a high pinnacle of the Temple, where he is challenged to jump and prove his protection by God’s angels. However, Jesus steadfastly retains his faith and refuses to test God. This image demonstrates bravura watercolor technique, contrasting the transparency of the devil’s horned, clawed, and winged body with the solid masonry of the Temple. Moreover, as a matter of storytelling skill, note that this bird’s-eye view looks down...
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Khalwa (Arabic for “seclusion”) in a natural setting was required of all dervishes, who might spend up to forty days in isolation as part of the requirements of the Path. In the outdoor gathering depicted here, the tall hat worn by some members of the group identifies them as Sufis. It is distinguished by its vertical grooves, which typically number twelve, referencing the twelve imams believed by Shica Muslims to be the rightful successors to the prophet Muhammad. Variations on the hat...
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- Charles Willson Peale
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John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, commissioned this portrait of George Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in order to flatter and reward him for liberating Boston (visible in the background) from the British in March 1776. Hancock wrote to Washington, "I beg, Sir, you will be pleased to accept my heartfelt thanks for the attention you have showed to my property in that town." Washington reluctantly accepted Hancock's invitation to sit for the...
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- Winslow Homer; William H. Redding
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This illustration was accompanied by a comment on the vicissitudes of bathing costumes: Nothing could be prettier or more bewitching than the sight of a charming young woman in an elegant and tasteful bathing costume, as she trips over the sand from the dressing-house down to the water’s edge. . . . But coming out! . . . Can it be that this dripping, bedraggled, forlorn object who comes slowly from the water is the nymph-like creature who excited such admiration a few minutes ago? What a...
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